March 8, 2009 Subject:
Cool show, awesome second set!
The Dead played this show at the 1982 World Music Festival, which due to numerous delays, had them hit the stage at 4:30 AM, as dawn was breaking on the beach. Fellow musicians that played the show that day were Joe Jackson, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Gladis Night.
First set starts with a fun Sugaree. They start the song with a quick pace to begin with, and around a minute and a half in they kick it up faster and give it a little swing. Seems like a nod to the reggae crowd. Sugaree soars to its usual heights.
Minglewoods got great playing by everyone, not the best vocals but its no biggie. A faster paced Loser is next. Playing well, but personally don't enjoy the pace on this one, skipping to next track.
Women are Smarter keeps the upbeat grooves going. Phil is all over, had a nice time listening to him on this one. Vocals are okay. Can't complain though
Althea slows it down but it was a joy to listen to. Jerry's vocals seem a little weary, but as the song gets going so does he. The jam towards the end has to have everyone dancing. Nothing exceptional.
Nothing wrong with Let it Grow, but I'm personally not a fan of this one. Though the jamming in the middle of the song is intense as the band is going frantic... the vocals however kill it for me.
On to the second set, Samson and Scarlet set the tempo nicely, but the FOTM IS JUST GREAT. Awesome trickle in by Brent, vocals are crisp, band is tight, and an aggressive synthesizer driven climax that leads up to Jerry shredding for a little while (Not to take away from anyone else though!). Beautiful harmonies most of the song between the organ and guitars.
If it wasn't enough theres a pretty interesting, though short, Drums. Billy and Mickey playing an almost tribal sounding beat for 5 minutes or so. Then to the wierdness with a short Space, probably best not to play too long a drums/space to this festival crowd.
And into Throwing stones. Always liked the early Stones, and this is a good one. Not a great one if you ask me however, lacks the angst and bobby's 'growl' I enjoy in the song. But not to take away from the jam towards the end, which to me took off pretty quickly and unfortanately ended just as fast. 3:36 to 4:35 is GREAT, wish they held that jam going longer.
Not Fade Away takes everyone higher. The bands been on fire all show, not going to stop now. They do the ending vocals slightly faster this morning, Bobby and Brent matching eachother on vocals until they slow it into Black Peter.
Pretty solid Black Peter and Good Lovin' to start the day. Band ends on a high note for sure.
What a set and setting, would have loved to be there.